Research finding summaries

Teaching Thrift to the Poor

Job-readiness programs have become the predominant response to the joblessness and precariousness of the poor. These programs aim to instill within clients the cherished virtue of work. But, as we show in a recent article, they also promote the hallowed virtue of thrift. We build upon Batya Weinbaum and Amy [...]

By |2020-11-25T09:41:04-05:00Nov 25, 2020|

Household Debt During the Pandemic

In the United States, delinquent credit lines as a share of both total consumer, auto loan, and credit card debt steadily grew over the last two and half years. Over the same period, residential-mortgage delinquencies rapidly declined, essentially returning to their pre-2007 levels. These divergent trends point to the relative financial security of upper-income and the increasing fragility of lower-income households prior to the pandemic. How are working families in America getting by in the midst of a capitalist crisis unlike any other?

By |2020-11-18T11:25:54-05:00Nov 18, 2020|

Chinese Diaspora Activism and the Future of International Solidarity

Therefore, it is even more imperative for both the academia and activist communities to interrogate and deconstruct the ideological and ethnic essentialism inherent in analyses of diaspora politics, making visible those efforts that challenge our parochial imagination of transnational social movements. Even social movements purposely mobilised in a local setting could have unintended global impacts, and it is these previously unarticulated transnational lessons that form the radical potential for future activism.

By |2020-11-12T10:29:38-05:00Nov 12, 2020|

The Limits of State Capitalism on China’s Bid for Hegemony

Much of the current discourse on China’s rise significantly overstates its economic might. China’s model of state capitalism and the dynamics of globalization have contributed to its rapid development over the past four decades. Yet these same factors circumscribe its hegemonic potential.

By |2020-10-14T13:11:15-04:00Oct 14, 2020|

Graduate Student Worker Organizational Stability in the Twilight Hour of Neoliberalism

While it won a historic contract in 2014, ultimately, the graduate student worker organizational process failed to stabilize into a lasting organizational formation. Understanding the reasons for this helps us to understand the broader structural and contingent problems that worker organizers face in the current conjuncture both in and beyond the university.

By |2020-10-08T11:26:35-04:00Oct 7, 2020|

From the Shop Floor to the World Market: Organizational and Political Challenges to Trade Unions’ Global Power

The contemporary labor movement faces three kind of constraints engendered by the dynamics of globalization. In the first place, the internationalization of production processes through delocalization and outsourcing, with its uneven consequences of precariousness or unemployment. Secondly, the transformation of former welfare states in the neoliberal era, with associated regressive reforms and the reshaping of unions’ institutional role. Thirdly, the formation of economically integrated regions and export processing zones, with the consequent engagement of labor movements in supranational institutional arrangements.

By |2020-10-01T09:38:13-04:00Oct 1, 2020|

COVID-19, Land, and Rural Struggles of the Chinese Working Class

The new Chinese land reform and the attendant countermovement have given rise to a new round of rural struggles over land and livelihood security. These constitute an integral part of the movement of the Chinese working class, of which the 290 million rural workers are a major force.

By |2020-09-23T11:40:29-04:00Sep 23, 2020|

Capitalist Restructuring and the Power of Women Textile Workers in Egypt

Changes in the Egyptian textile industry gave women workers structural power, which they drew on to develop cross-gender solidarities and working-class consciousness to fight back. Their strikes laid the groundwork for the Arab Spring.

By |2020-09-16T17:07:50-04:00Sep 16, 2020|

Basic Income, Wellness and Changing Forms of Productivity

Our current COVID moment has fuelled hopes for the embrace of progressive economic policies, basic income included. But Finland’s experiment suggests that not all applications of BI are necessarily progressive. Indeed, it is important to register that policy experiments precisely operate as a means for the state to open out new frontiers. In this instance an experimental policy opened out new routes to promote the restructuring of labour supply.  

By |2020-07-29T14:38:43-04:00Jul 29, 2020|
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